How do you make vmware be able to detect your hosts computer's bios?

Discussion in 'Virtualization' started by sam3971, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. sam3971

    sam3971 MDL Guru

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    Hi, I am trying my projects with vmware but I need it to connect to a regular modded bios with SLIC 2.1 but I do not know how. I remember seeing this somewhere where you modify some vm file with notepad to allow it to detect the hosts bios. I do not want a modded vm bios I only want vmware to detect my real bios. Any info would be great, thanks guys.
     
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  2. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    NOT possible, VM is using its own BIOS and it does NOT take any notice of your real BIOS (nor you can make it do so in any way)

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  3. sam3971

    sam3971 MDL Guru

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    Ok, I know I just posted this but you can with VMWARE 7. You do it by chaning the virtual machine options to go to guest isolation and check the option VMCI
     
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    highspeedmac MDL Member

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    #4 highspeedmac, Oct 29, 2009
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    Enable VMCI
    Umm, the help file does not claim that. Doesn't say it communicates with the Hardware/ Bios.. It says OS and other VM's..

    As far as I know like sebus says, that is not possible.. Not unless I'm missing the scope of what's I quoted above.. If I am please correct me..

    Plus the fact that I've tried it before to, but could not find a way to make it work..
     
  5. urie

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    #5 urie, Oct 29, 2009
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    Not sure about hosts ful bios but you can get it to read your dmi strings i,e you have a dell amchine and you want to install windows xp with dell cd.


    Code:
    Edit your .vmx file in notepad and add or edit
    
    SMBIOS.reflectHost = TRUE
    :) Just not that easy with Slic:D
     
  6. sam3971

    sam3971 MDL Guru

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    #6 sam3971, Oct 30, 2009
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    cool, I'll keep that in mind too dude, well done.
     
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  7. othar

    othar MDL Novice

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    i tested this function long time ago on vmware 6 to 6.5.0 with a real dell and dell winxp CD... and i never be able to activate Xp... even if the help guide say you can..
     
  8. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    Maybe bacause Dell string is not really stored in DMI
    Could work for Hewlett-Packard (but who cares with all the mods available to VM BIOS...)

    sebus